We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is the eight track and lead single of Taylor's fourth album Red. It was released on August 13, 2012.

Meaning and Background

"Writing 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' was one of the most hilarious experiences I have ever had in the studio because it just happened so naturally. I was in the recording studio and this guy walks in that was a friend of my ex’s and starts talking about how he’s heard we were getting back together and that was not the case. When he leaves, Max and Johan, the writers, are like, ‘So what’s the story behind that?’ And so I started telling them the story of break up, get back together, break up, get back together, just, ugh, the worst. Max Martin says, ‘This is what we’re writing; we’re writing this song,’ And I picked up the guitar and just started singing ‘we are never.’ It just happened so fast. It was so much fun.”

- Taylor about We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together[1]

Trivia

Music Video

The music video was released on August 30, 2012. It is directed by Declan Whitebloom. Taylor's ex is played by Noah Mills.

Storyline
The music video starts with Taylor in cat pyjamas in a house, sitting in the window ledge. Taylor sings to the camera, describing the on-and-off relationship with her ex. She enters another room, where he ex-boyfriend tries to talk to her. She moves him out of the door. Next, there's a band in the living room, dressed in animal costumes who sing and dance to the chorus with her. On the TV, there's a video of Taylor saying "like, ever". In the dining room, Taylor continues to describe her former relationship while her ex is listening to his own music on the other side of the table. She picks up the phone and talks with her ex, whose at a nightclub. Taylor hangs up on him. At the nightclub, they're in a carton truck having an argument, while the band is standing on the truck bed. Next, they're having a romantic walk through the park, but Taylor walks off and calls a friend, telling them about how they're never getting back together. Next, Taylor and her band are having a party back at the house. Her ex is at the door, but Taylor doesn't let him in. She goes back to sitting on the window ledge.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I remember when we broke up the first time
Saying, "This is it, I've had enough," 'cause like
We hadn't seen each other in a month
When you said you needed "space" (what?)
Then you come around again and say
"Baby, I miss you and I swear I'm gonna change, trust me"
Remember how that lasted for a day?
I say, "I hate you," we break up, you call me, "I love you"

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
We called it off again last night, but
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
This time, I'm telling you, I'm telling you

[Chorus]
We are ever, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together
Like, ever

[Verse 2]
I'm really gonna miss you picking fights
And me, falling for it, screaming that I'm right
And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that's much cooler than mine

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
You called me up again tonight, but
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
This time, I'm telling you, I'm telling you

[Chorus]
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever (Ever) getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
(Talk to me)
But we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together

[Post-Chorus]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (yeah)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (yeah)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (yeah)
Oh-oh-oh

[Bridge]
I used to think that we were forever, ever
And I used to say, "Never say never"
Ugh, so he calls me up and he's like, "I still love you"
And I'm like, "I just- I mean, this is exhausting, you know?
Like, we are never getting back together, like, ever"

[Chorus]
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever (Ooh) getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together

[Outro]
We (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, no)
Getting back together
We (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, oh, oh, yeah)
Getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
(Talk to me)
But we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2012 Capricho Awards Best Clip Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Video) Nominated
Top Country Song Won
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Hito Music Awards Best Western Song Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Karaoke Video Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards Catchiest Hit of the Year Won
Much Music Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist Nominated
Myx Music Awards Favorite International Video Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids' Choice Awards Favorite International Song Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Break Up Song Won
SiriusXM Indie Awards International Single of the Year Nominated
International Video of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Song Won
Choice Break-Up Song Nominated
2014 ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song Won

Videos

References

  1. Taylor Swift Reveals New Album, 'Red,' Drops New Single, 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together': ABC Exclusive - ABC News (go.com) - https://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/08/taylor-swift-reveals-new-album-red-drops-new-single-we-are-never-getting-back-together-abc-exclusive/
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